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Paris attack survivor: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge ‘saved me’



Amidst the horror of last night’s terrorist attacks in Paris emerges an unlikely hero – a Samsung smartphone.

A man, who nearly became a victim of Friday’s terrible atrocities, claims his mobile phone saved his life.

Speaking to iTele, the individual – known only as Sylvestre – described how his Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge protected his head against shrapnel from a nearby explosion.

“…I was crossing the street and straight away, boom, it exploded right in front of me,” he explains. “Everything was blown to bits and I felt stuff flying around and I left, I fell, and then I got back up.”

Sylvestre showed off the destroyed handset to cameras, revealing a smashed screen and a huge dent on the rear.


“This is the cell phone that took the hit,” he said. “It’s what saved me.”

The man added: “Otherwise my head would have been blown to bits. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.”


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This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of a gadget providing vital help in a time of crisis.

Earlier this year, an 18-year-old survived a near-tragic accident after using Apple’s voice-activiated digital assistant – Siri – to alert emergency services.

Sam Ray became trapped under 5,000lbs of metal when a truck he was repairing fell on him.

However, he was able to yell ‘Call 911!’ to Siri, which resulted in a phone call that led emergency services to Ray’s exact location.

Have you ever had a lucky break thanks to technology? Tell us about it in the comments.

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November 14, 2015, 6:41 pm

"Have you ever had a lucky break thanks to technology? Tell us about it in the comments."

Ok, you were on thin ice but this sent you crashing through. Seriously, have a little respect rather than turning it into a fluff piece.

I also fail to see what relevance the retail price in the UK has to the story.

Aria Stock Loc

November 14, 2015, 7:54 pm

Yes technology has saved me many times. I remember one day I was hungry so I went to the fridge and took out some food.

The food? It was in perfect condition. Technology saved the day for me. Thank you, technology.


November 14, 2015, 10:22 pm

Je suis Samsung.

Rock Lancaster

November 15, 2015, 12:36 am

This has got to be the most blatant and disgusting hidden paid advertisement I've seen since the day following the United States 2001 airplane terrorist attack.

Simon Rowell

November 15, 2015, 12:46 am

I'd be worried if I'd settled for an iPhone.

Darmok N. Jalad

November 15, 2015, 2:13 am

It's sad that we have to wonder, isn't it?


November 15, 2015, 3:09 am

I got a severe headache two years ago and finally dialed 911. The next thing I remember was waking up in a hospital and they were drilling holes in my head. I had blood on the brain. I ended up with two brain surgeries, one to relieve the blood and another to relieve the fluid. They put in a shunt in the second operation. The GPS in my cell phone saved my life. Without it they would have never found me and I would have never woke up. I live with three cats, none of whom know how to respond to emergencies.


November 15, 2015, 4:03 am

Their usual nonsense to try and put down Samsung for being pricey. They have very little respect. If this was an iPhone they would not mention the price and probably gone on about how strong it's built with 7000 series aluminium etc. Usual crap from media sites.


November 15, 2015, 9:39 am

OMG.. What a cheap level of publicity by samsung...What has it to do with s6 edge phone specific? The man would have been saved, even if it were any other phone for that matter.


November 15, 2015, 10:29 am

How is this being driven by Samsung? AFAIK this guy is just telling his own story, I don't think he is being put up to it by Samsung. And all the commercial embellishments like exact model and price and hyperlinks, those details have been inserted by TR in a shameless bid to generate clicks.


November 15, 2015, 10:47 am

Paid? So first you construct your theory, out of thin air, that this was put up by Samsung. Then you use your theory to beat up Samsung. A bit circular.


November 15, 2015, 4:10 pm

Cheap and nasty publicity. I don't believe that even Samsung would pay for such nasty advertising, its probably this guy being a fanboy or just wanting to get some publicity.

With so many lives lost and 100 more still critical and fighting for their life you can't come up with such cheap speculations.

"Otherwise my head would have been blown to bits."

If the phone's thin aluminium could stop the shrapnel, then his skull would have stopped it too!
And where was he holding his phone, in front of his face ?!?
Also usually we have our hand covering most of the phone's back (one-handed use), was his hand hurt too or the shrapnel missed his fingers ?

I am not saying his phone was not hit, but but most likely nowhere near his head, and he's making things up to get some cheap publicity.


November 15, 2015, 4:45 pm

Why don't you listen to the original interview instead of condemning the guy based on your own assumptions?

This guy was simply accosted by a journalist in the street and gave his story, which he delivers in a torrent of words giving a very linear account of events. At the time of the explosion he had been on the phone to his mates, which could explain the phone being against the side of his face.

How does that make him a 'fanboy'. What, he should have had the presence of mind to remind the viewers that "other makes of phone are also available"?

The cheap and nasty is TR adding in pricing and model details and product hyperlinks, like they can't distinguish between a story of grief and carnage, and their usual commercial stock-in-trade. This is nothing short of grotesque.

Sean Keach

November 15, 2015, 5:17 pm

That's a really interesting story – glad you're okay and thanks for sharing!

Sean Keach

November 15, 2015, 5:21 pm

Well another commenter actually posted an interested story about how GPS saved his life – no need for cynicism.

And as I was writing the story, I wondered how expensive the handset was that this guy just lost. And if I wondered that, a reader might wonder that too. So I included it. Sure, it's an expensive handset, but if it saved his life, small price to pay. I don't think it's exactly irrelevant information.

Sean Keach

November 15, 2015, 5:23 pm

We're a technology news site – I'd hardly call including background information about the smartphone "nasty".


November 15, 2015, 5:23 pm

Why is this story even on TR? It was never about technology. The trouble is, TR can not save itself from its usual house style, adding in pricing details, model specifics and links to reviews and a buyer's guide. Suddenly what could at best have been tenuously justified as a general interest story becomes a grotesque parody on a truly galling situation.


November 15, 2015, 5:26 pm

So stick to reporting technology news.

Sean Keach

November 15, 2015, 5:28 pm

All news websites include advertisements, hyperlinks, and link-backs on news stories, even ones dealing with tentative subject matter.

This is a story about someone having a really lucky break – don't turn it into something dark.


November 15, 2015, 5:32 pm

The story is still raw. But you are giving whimsical details about the retail price of his phone. Get some perspective.

Sean Keach

November 15, 2015, 5:42 pm

If a £2 piece of wood saved someone's life, that's interesting. If a £600 smartphone saved someone's life, that's more interesting. If a £12,000 Apple Watch saved someone's life, that's even more interesting. If a £1m Bugatti Veyron was destroyed to save someone's life, that's even more interesting still.

It's background information – stop trying to demonise it. I'd hardly call including the cost of an object that was destroyed to saved someone's life "whimsical", "nasty", or "grotesque". And if you think those words are appropriate, perhaps you're the one lacking perspective, given the situation.


November 15, 2015, 6:39 pm

His quote on "I wouldnt wish it on anyone.." Really how about the AH that set off the bomb. Id "wish it on him and his group"


November 15, 2015, 8:46 pm

"The handset currently retails in the UK for £549, but that’s a small price to pay for someone’s life." - Very poor taste and I'd expect better from TrustedReviews.


November 15, 2015, 10:06 pm

“It’s what saved me.” [referring the phone]
"Otherwise my head would have been blown to bits."
These are supposedly words from the guy that survived the attack. Both statements completely exaggerate the facts and are untrue. I understand that he just survived a terrorist attack, but this is not acceptable, or in two weeks time, he will be explaining how he saved several people himself.

He also says "it exploded right in front of me", so how could the phone have been hit if he held it to his ear. The guy's just talking nonsense, that's what annoyed me and made me comment.


November 15, 2015, 10:28 pm

It is the guy who survived the attack that made up the story for the phone saving his life. Blame him.
TR just reported the story because it involves a phone made of metal and some manufactorers moving from plastic to metal as material for phones is a big topic this year.

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